What's on in the North East

Published: 8 December 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Newcastle)
The Snow Queen (Northern Stage) Credit: Pamela Raith Photography
Fanny and Bonnie (Live Theatre)
Christmas Gothic (Arts Centre Washington)

Beauty and the Beast runs at Newcastle Theatre Royal until 19 January.

Wolf, a new show from Kitchen Zoo for the under-5s, runs in Stage 3 (various times; some shows are sold out) at Northern Stage until 4 January. Laura Lindow’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, a show for the whole family, runs in Stage 1 until 4 January (various times).

Bonnie & Fanny's Christmas Spectacular, created & performed by Your Aunt Fanny & Bonnie and The Bonnettes, is at Live Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday. A Christmas like you’ve never seen before with sketches, songs, lip-syncs, dances, stories, and unapologetic raucousness like a work Christmas party with your wildest, oldest, fabulous, and filthiest employees.

From Tuesday to Thursday, Six Twenty in collaboration with Alphabetti Theatre presents Club Six Twenty at Alphabetti, a new arts club night featuring pop-up performances and secret happenings in the hidden nooks and crannies of Alphabetti. For three nights only. Headlining bands are Be Quiet. Shout Loud! (Tuesday), Head of Light Entertainment (Wednesday) and Courtney Dixon (Thursday).

On Friday at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Enchanted Entertainment presents Aladdin, running until 5 January.

On Monday, a puppet / live action version of A Christmas Carol runs at the Castle Keep in Newcastle. There is no heating in this venue!

The Geordie Panto Company’s Cinderella opens at Gateshead International Stadium runs until 29 December.

Cinderella opens at Sunderland Empire on Friday and runs until 5 January.

On Friday, Dryad Productions presents Christmas Gothic, adapted and performed by Rebecca Vaughan, at Arts Centre Washington.

Snow White continues at the Customs House in South Shields until 5 January (various times) and, in the Studio, The Elves and the Shoemaker (for under-7s) runs until 24 December.

Cinderella, this year’s panto at The Maltings, Berwick, opens on Saturday and runs until 30 December.

From Wednesday until 19 December (various times), Kitchen Zoo presents The Three Bears at Christmas at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham. Also from Friday (until 20 December) QHA presents A Viking Christmas, written by Gary Kitching.

Until 22 December, Mendes Management presents the panto Cinderella at The Exchange in North Shields.

Jack and the Beanstalk continues at Playhouse Whitley Bay until 4 January.

Aladdin continues at the Gala in Durham until 5 January (various times). In the Studio, One More Sleep, the Christmas show for the under-5s by Susan Mulholland with music by Katy Doherty, continues until 29 December (various times).

Snow White the Pantomime, produced by Leah Bell, continues at Consett Empire until 31 December.

On Thursday (6:00 and 8:00) at West Auckland Manor Hotel, Theatre Space NE presents a puppet and live action version of A Christmas Carol.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues at Billingham Forum until 5 January.

Until 5 January, Middlesbrough Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty.

Jack and the Beanstalk at Darlington Hippodrome runs until 5 January.

The Man Who Wanted to Be a Penguin (for age 3+) continues at ARC Stockton until 24 December.

The Polar Bears Go Up, a Christmas adventure which is non-verbal and deaf-friendly for ages 2–5 from Unicorn Theatre, is at The Hullabaloo in Darlington until 24 December (various times).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs continues at the Majestic Theatre in Darlington until 3 January.

Beauty and the Beast opens at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre on Saturday and runs until 29 December.

Aladdin at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond runs until 12 January.

Snow White continues at Harrogate Theatre until 19 January.